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Jun 27, 2005 02:11 AM

best coffee in manhattan

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I am coming to NY in september for a holiday, and as a coffee addict i need to know where the best coffee is. I am staying in the flatiron district- but am prepared to travel for good coffee. The coffee must be espresso - not the filtered stuff!!!!

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  1. The best coffee places are downtown in Greenwich Village and Little Italy, try "Rocco's Bakery/Cafe" on Bleecker St. The Flatiron District has "71 Irving Place" which is quite good as well. The "Porto Rico Coffee Company" on Bleecker St. has a small espresso bar in the rear that is also good for a quick fix. And you may find your favorite by just stopping into various places during your trip. Enjoy!

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    1. re: Jon36

      Who has the most consistently good Colombian Supremo roasted whole bean: Zabars, Porto Rico, Fairway or any other place? And also what is your favorite house blend?

      1. re: BluPlateSpec

        I like the Agata & Valentina house blend. Mixed with French Market...

        1. re: Nina W.

          Thanks, will try it. I've had a taste for chicory in coffee since I had it in New Orleans.

          1. re: BluPlateSpec

            I think you may have misunderstood. The Agata & Valentina blend is just regular blended coffee. We mix it with French Market at home.

            1. re: Nina W.

              One other place in the Flatiron District is "Pain Quotidien" on East 19th Street near Broadway, which features organic coffee.

              1. re: Jon36

                I second Le Pain Quotidien on 19th, but my favourite coffee in the city recently has been Whole Food's lattes (I go to the one in Union Square). Piping hot, just the right mix of espresso and milk. Yummm.

        2. re: BluPlateSpec

          Props to Empire Coffee in Hell's Kitchen (9th btwn 41st/42nd) -- good beans, friendly wacked-out staff

        3. re: Jon36

          I'm a big coffee drinker and hate when I'm away from home b/c the first thing you want is "your coffee" they way YOU like it. When I'm in NYC, I always stop at '71 Iriving'. It's real coffee. Add milk and sugar to your tasting and go on with your day. Coffee is to be pure & simple.

        4. I think the Cafe Americain at Cafe Gitane on Mott and Prince is one of the best cups in the city. Grey Dog's Coffee (Carmine, just off Bleecker) is also good. As is Joe, on Waverly at 6thAve. I've had the coffee at 71 Irving and found it to be on the weaker side, flavor-wise. The three i mention above all possess strong flavor, while not being bitter, IMO. I've discovered much of the coffee in NYC to be on the less flavorful side. In general, you might do better w/espresso based drinks, rather than a brewed cup. If you go that route, don't go to Grey Dogs, as i've always found the espresso drinks on the watery side there. Good luck, and do tell us if you come across a great new find!

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          1. re: fresser

            Joe also has a spot on 13th btwn 5th & University - a little more convenient to Flatiron....

          2. A few good ones:

            CASA Cupcake between 40th/41st on 9th Ave accross the street behind the Port Authority

            Joe's on Waverly off 6th Ave or at 13th btw University and 5th

            MOCCA Espresso Lounge 78-82 Reade St in Tribeca

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            1. re: ScottB

              I like the Mud truck coffee place on 9th street between 1st and 2nd.


            2. I know it's not espresso, but I would like to encourage you to try the coffe at Mei Lei Wah, an old time coffeeshop in Chinatown, on Bayard St.

              The coffee is rich and flavorful, and typical of that style.

              And don't forget to have a roasted pork bun while you're there...

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              1. re: Nina W.

                one of the last REAL chinse coffee shops {very special!!
                we have been going there since 1977

                rainer. susan. kim

                1. re: zorro66

                  The use siphons, which does great things for the coffee.

                  Try Chatham restaurant. Their coffee is also made with siphons, the roast pork buns are just as good, and the dim sum is better.

              2. Well, again, not espresso, but Cafe Sabarsky at the Neue Gallery on Museum Mile serves the best Viennese cafe in the city, which may be the best in the city overall. For espresso... hm. I guess I'd try one of the top italian place, though as a non-espresso drinker, I hesitate to reccomend one.

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                1. re: Dag

                  I love Cafe Sabarsky, and they serve a good cup of coffee, but I would not go there specifically for the coffee. It's not that special - they use Julius Meinl coffee, which is roasted in Vienna, what? In Vienna it's just considered, well, a regular cup of coffee.

                  Cafe Sabarsky, however, is indeed worth a visit. I love the room, and the pastries are among the best in NYC. And certainly it is the closest to a Viennese cafe as I've experienced in this city.

                  1. re: Nina W.

                    Well, I *would* go for coffee and pastry. :)